In a time of drastic change one can be too preoccupied with what is ending or too obsessed with what seems to be beginning. In either case one loses touch with the present and with its obscure but dynamic possibilities. What really matters is openness, readiness, attention, courage to face risk. You do not need to know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (via my Centering Prayer group)
I chose this word because I needed it. and May seemed to take every opportunity to reiterate that choice. Even without the “drastic changes” Merton contemplates, I’m still stuck thinking about yesterday and wondering about tomorrow. and that key word is “stuck”. Because until I can get unstuck from those thoughts, I don’t have space for the possibilities of today. and I know that today has possibilities, maybe even good ones!
So, I’m getting back to basics. quiet mornings
… and that list of intentions.
Thank you to Carolyn for hosting this monthly check-in, and to all of you for reading.